Poker Face

Poker Face

Ever consider playing poker blindfolded?That’s essentially how trading agricultural goods with China works.The country of over 1.3 billion people has been doing its best to hold its ag industry cards close to its chest.Consider the handling of its rebound from African...
China’s Corn Obsession

China’s Corn Obsession

China appears to be using the Pac-Man strategy for buying corn. It’s pretty simple… Gobble up everything in sight. By the numbers: In the 2020-2021 marketing year (ends on Aug. 31), China has agreed to purchase 22.8 million tonnes of U.S. corn. 56% of that had...
Searching for that herbicide supply like:

Searching for that herbicide supply like:

The pandemic might be winding down, but its effects on the ag supply chain are still ramping up. Herbicides and fungicides are the latest to face supply constraints due to pandemic production delays, shipping bottlenecks, and increased demand. While the popular...
China Is Trying to Think Postive-ish

China Is Trying to Think Postive-ish

China pork producers are playing a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole with African Swine Fever [ASF]. Three years into the war against the global swine virus, the Asian nation faces new cases in its own backyard and in neighboring countries. Where things stand… Since...
China Faces A Big AgTech Test

China Faces A Big AgTech Test

Rural revitalization is the new name of the game for China. In the first policy announcement following the Lunar New Year Holiday, China’s agriculture minister announced agtech self-sufficiency as a top state issue. The goal? Get 200 million mostly small-scale farms...